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Music That Rocks: The Spring List

Welcome back from Easter break everyone. Now that Jesus has risen, it’s time for your GPA to do the same. Get yourself out of that post-vacation slump with these jams we got here. Orrrrrr you can just listen to them while you even further procrastinate all the work you had over break. Hey, different strokes for different folks, you do you homie. We won’t judge as long as you give these songs a listen:

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“Satisfied” – Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
“You better believe I am satisfied after learning that Hamilton is officially coming to Boston according to The Boston Globe. Unfortunately, the cast won’t take stage until at least 2018. Nevertheless, the hip-hop musical that has taken Broadway by storm is coming, and in the meantime, you can check out the soundtrack – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece. The eleventh track, ‘Satisfied,’ is easily one of the most well-written songs in the musical, performed by Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Miranda’s lyrics and Goldsberry’s quick wit and attitude in her delivery of such poignant lines about her status as a woman in Revolutionary America is captivating every time I listen to it. Without ever having seen the full performance (except for a few YouTube clips that have been swiftly taken down) I cannot attest to how good the song is in full context, but even on its own, it is hard to deny Miranda and Goldsberry’s immense talent.” -Edward Byrne ‘18

“Walcott” – Vampire Weekend
“In the summer of 2006, Ezra Koenig decided to make a film starring a man named Walcott saving Cape Cod from a vampire attack. Koenig abandoned it two days later. Instead of the film, we have a band called Vampire Weekend and a song called ‘Walcott’. Inspired by Koenig’s film idea, ‘Walcott’ is a plea that begs song’s namesake to not risk his life trying to save Cape Cod from attacking vampires. ‘Walcott’ is an exception to Vampire Weekend’s usual literary prowess in the best way possible; the repetitive warning to ‘get out of Cape Cod tonight’ just makes me want to go even more.” -Connor Kerpius ‘18

“Where Is The Love” – Black Eyed Peas

“I was listening to this song a couple days ago (because nostalgia) and after everything that’s happened recently in both Turkey and Belgium, I find it only fitting that this makes the Music That Rocks list. So much madness and death and hatred in this world today, it’s hard to keep your head wrapped around it all without asking where’s the love y’all?” -Korey Ryan ‘18

“The Boxer” – Mumford and Sons
“Very rarely do sequels and covers outdo original works, yet just as The Dark Knight is undeniably better than Batman Begins, Mumford and Sons’ cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ puts the original to shame. The lyrics of this classic ballad, which tell of the trials and triumphs of the human spirit through a beautiful narrative, have always been the highlight of the song. Mumford and Sons’ captivating harmonies and use of steel guitar and banjo, however, work wonders in reviving and enhancing this old favorite, featured on the deluxe version of Mumford and Son’s 2012 album, Babel. This is one enchanting cover that should not be discounted.” -Lucy Palmer ‘19

“Family Business” – Kanye West
“I miss the old Kanye. But I don’t hate the new Kanye. At this point Yeezy is more infamous than famous, as his egotistical antics have unfortunately overshadowed his actual talent. The Life of Pablo, though, serves as a welcome reminder of just how special of a musician he actually is. After incessantly bumping Pablo until my free trial of Tidal expired, I found myself spiraling into nostalgia and listening through all of West’s older works. ‘Family Business,’ off his debut album The College Dropout, has long been one of my favorite Kanye songs and emblematizes the humility and groundedness that permeate his earlier music. As Ye preaches over a classic acoustic beat consisting of nothing more than drums and piano, I’m reminded of why I defend this dumbass as a genius. Waves don’t die baby.” – Nick Flowers ‘18

“Powerful” – Jussie Smollett & Alicia Keys

“Personally, I’m a huge fan of TV and movie soundtracks. So, in honor of the returning of Empire, my song choice is a song that is so powerful, they named it ‘Powerful’. Even though Alicia Keys is only on the show as a guest star, but she left us with an amazing song bringing awareness to Black Lives Matter movement. ‘And Malcolm’s probably turning in his grave, every shade was beautifully made.’ Jussie and Alicia’s duet combines so perfectly together and at the same time touches the softest part of our hearts. This song not only sparks these two characters’ chemistry on screen, but the passion of all the audience towards equality.”  – Siqi Wang ‘19

“Diner Song” – State Radio
“The only thing I love more than the guitar in this song is the name. So often does music only capture a feeling or an idea. What’s more rare is when an artist capture a specific place, but that’s what State Radio does in the opening of this song. The ragtime piano and crisp lead guitar seem to serve as a background to the clinking and clanking of your favorite breakfast spot. People, pennies, and pancakes; the ingredients to a perfect Sunday morning. From there, it only gets better, as it strolls through a smooth reggae beat that eventually erupts into chaos. Overall, it’s a lot of fun to listen to and does a fine job commemorating the most important meal of the day.” – Alex Ricciardelli ‘18

“Reverse” – SomeKindaWonderful
“I hadn’t really seen the term neo-soul applied to any other band than Fitz & The Tantrums before discovering SomeKindaWonderful, but I’ve found I really enjoy the R&B-esque rock the subgenre seems to offer. I guess this song’s popularity peaked in 2014, but I’ve just gotten into it, and I suggest you do the same. It’s essentially an anti-love song of sorts, as Towers tells the story of his relationship backwards, starting with the breakup. As if that wasn’t interesting enough, it’s got an addictive chorus and the lyrics are refreshingly straightforward (that’s my attempt to subtly say I appreciate the profanity).” – Grace Rice ‘18

“Let ‘em Say” – Lizzo and Caroline Smith

“I have played this song over and over and over again since the moment I found it on Broad City’s Spotify playlist, which I am officially ordering you to listen to. I was already familiar with Caroline Smith beforehand due to her ‘Bloodstyle’ fame, but I must say I was shocked to see how well Lizzo’s strong, sassy vibe paired with Smith’s soulful presence in this song. This is definitely the perfect strut song for when you have no more f*cks left to give. I know I like to blast my eardrums with this song when I am wearing my most outlandish garb in the midst of a sea of Vineyard Vines on campus. So ladies, ‘Let ‘em say what they gonna say/They gon’ feel how they gonna feel/I love it and baby/Hey, you should too.'” -Trish Rodican ‘19

 

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